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Christmas Tree Lighting in Rittenhouse Square

Illuminating Rittenhouse Square for the holidays

Over 5,000 holiday lights and Philadelphia's largest Christmas Tree turn Rittenhouse Square into one of Center City's most festive public spaces for the holidays. Credit: J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia

Description

Date: November 28, 2017
Ceremony start time: 5 p.m.

Overview

The Tree Lighting Ceremony features holiday entertainment, character visits, refreshments from Parc, The Rittenhouse Hotel and Scarpetta, a visit from Santa Claus and plenty of holiday surprises. The Christmas Tree — located in the center of Rittenhouse Square — is more than 30 feet tall, and once Santa flips the switch, becomes illuminated by 5,000 brilliant, multi-colored globes. These holiday lights make Rittenhouse Square one of Center City’s most festive public spaces for the holidays. Guests are encouraged to show up with a new unwrapped toy for donation to the Salvation Army.

Holidays on the Square

Start the day shopping along Rittenhouse Row. Then make your way to Rittenhouse Square at dusk, where carolers and both hot cider and cocoa will have you toasting to the season.

Afterwards, eat, drink and be merry — and take advantage of happy hour and the fine dining options offered at Rittenhouse Square’s nearby restaurants, lounges and bars.

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